TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – A Kansas state representative says it was a “day full of paradox” after winning the Republican primary for secretary of state exactly two years after his 10-year-old son was decapitated on a giant water slide.
The Kansas City Star reports that Rep. Scott Schwab, of Olathe, says he and his family didn’t spend Tuesday “caring a whole lot about politics.” Schwab’s son, Caleb Schwab, died on Aug. 7, 2016, when his raft went airborne while he was riding the 17-story Verruckt water slide at the Schlitterbahn park in Kansas City, Kansas.
Schwab said during his victory speech at an Overland Park hotel that he and his family would love to have Caleb on the stage with them. He said they “took a moment and said, ‘God, say hi to him for us.'”